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(Politico)   A House divided can't stand, and a House in chaos makes for some amusing TV   (politico.com) divider line 22
    More: Interesting, Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Majority Whip, House Republican Conference, Lynn Westmoreland  
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2013-05-01 09:01:14 AM  
It would be amusing if the gridlock wasn't destroying this country through inaction.
 
2013-05-01 09:20:00 AM  

WTF Indeed: It would be amusing if the gridlock wasn't destroying this country through inaction.


HEY! Eric Cantor has a laser-like focus on jobs family issues, just like he promised.
 
2013-05-01 09:24:06 AM  
If you think that's good TV, you should watch the Taiwanese legislature.  They still openly fight when they're in session.

//heard the same thing about South Korea, Australia, maybe Japan
//British Parliament is also a lot of fun with the booing and such
 
2013-05-01 09:25:45 AM  
It isn't easy to make Boehner look good, but that article did it.
 
2013-05-01 09:27:18 AM  
And I'm sure the Democrats will find some way to not take advantage.
 
2013-05-01 09:33:43 AM  

vernonFL: It isn't easy to make Boehner look good, but that article did it.


Boehner is a practical man tempered by years (decades?) of experience in the House. Unfortunately, most of his party members are newbies who are more focused on ideology than practicality. If anything, the House situation is a great argument against high-turnover politics in the House (term limits, "vote out all the incumbents", etc)
 
2013-05-01 09:34:29 AM  

WhackingDay: And I'm sure the Democrats will find some way to not take advantage.


The Republicans would have to be capable of feeling some sort of shame for the Democrats to take advantage. That is clearly not the case.
 
2013-05-01 09:35:20 AM  
FTA: The original plan was to spend the early part of the summer crafting a solution since it seemed that the nation would hit its borrowing limit in September. The nearly monthlong August recess would have provided a perfect backstop.

Now, the whole timeline is thrown into flux. First, House Republicans want to pass a bill next week that prioritizes debt payments in the case of default.

Several options are being eyed to ride alongside the debt ceiling. One is tax reform - a strategy vocally supported by Ryan, sources say


Oh FFS.  They're going to hold the US hostage again!
 
2013-05-01 09:35:22 AM  
Maybe we should root for a House with leadership?
 
2013-05-01 09:47:43 AM  

Lord_Baull: Maybe we should root for a House with leadership?


I'm more partial to waiting until the House is in session; then, chain the doors shut and set the place ablaze.
 
2013-05-01 09:53:34 AM  
Haven't read TFA yet, but who's the woman in that photo? I ask because the caption doesn't seem to be aware that there is one.

/not sure if upset
 
2013-05-01 09:55:51 AM  

Arkanaut: If you think that's good TV, you should watch the Taiwanese legislature.  They still openly fight when they're in session.

//heard the same thing about South Korea, Australia, maybe Japan
//British Parliament is also a lot of fun with the booing and such


I think a lot more would get done if Congress settled arguments through the principle of "two men enter, one man leave". It would be really funny to see Cantor in a brawl with Pelosi.
 
2013-05-01 09:59:12 AM  

Muta: Oh FFS. They're going to hold the US hostage again!


Yeah, but the Treasury just paid down $35 billion on the debt this week, which provides more room under the debt ceiling, so any fight is pushed off at least until September.
 
2013-05-01 10:12:04 AM  

vernonFL: It isn't easy to make Boehner look good, but that article did it.


media.salon.com
 
Bf+
2013-05-01 10:36:58 AM  
At this point, Boehner should be placed on suicide watch.
On second thought...
 
2013-05-01 10:38:45 AM  

The Bananadragon: Haven't read TFA yet, but who's the woman in that photo? I ask because the caption doesn't seem to be aware that there is one.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cathy_McMorris_Rodgers
 
2013-05-01 10:42:53 AM  
"There's so much stuff happening up here that sometimes, you don't pay attention to some of the more intricate details of something until it comes right to you," said Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, a GOP whip from Georgia.

Wahhh! There is so much to do! This job is haaaaard!
 
2013-05-01 11:00:04 AM  

The Bananadragon: Haven't read TFA yet, but who's the woman in that photo? I ask because the caption doesn't seem to be aware that there is one.


The Republican party wasn't aware there was one either.

Hey-o!
 
2013-05-01 12:19:20 PM  
Count Chocola:  Even I can't get blood from a stone!
 
2013-05-01 12:22:34 PM  

Mentat: The Bananadragon: Haven't read TFA yet, but who's the woman in that photo? I ask because the caption doesn't seem to be aware that there is one.

The Republican party wasn't aware there was one either.

Hey-o!


I NO RITE?! At first I figured that it was just someone's wife or someone otherwise not topical to the article.

The Martian Manhandler: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cathy_McMorris_Rodgers


Then I discovered that mousing over the picture does tell you that Cathy McMorris Rodgers is in the photo, but it doesn't say which person is her and which is Eric Cantor so I guess we have to figure that one out on our own.

Seriously, whatever the article was about (i did read it, and then promptly forgot it all), the captioning of this photo is just weird. Why would anyone even do it that way? Why hide her name in the mouse over? Why identify the standing positions of some of the people in the photo but not all of them? WHAT EVEN I GIVE UP

/keep the infighting up, though, repubs
//not even gerrymandering will save you come 2014
///i hope
 
2013-05-01 12:32:55 PM  

Arkanaut: If you think that's good TV, you should watch the Taiwanese legislature.  They still openly fight when they're in session.

//heard the same thing about South Korea, Australia, maybe Japan
//British Parliament is also a lot of fun with the booing and such


I'd be up for watching an all-out brawl-- or even an old-fashioned caning-- on CSPAN.
 
2013-05-01 01:52:52 PM  
It's hard because in the end, the GOP fundamentally don't believe in government, so gridlock is fine by the diehards.  Sure, they'd prefer to be in power so they can pass more tax cuts for billionaires and whatnot, but simply shutting down the government's ability to do anything is a fine 2nd choice.

If the roles were reversed, Democrats couldn't fundamentally do what the GOP are doing - tolerate government shutting down.

I has a sad.
 
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